Betsy Sharkey

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For 634 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Rango
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The spectacularly brutal fighting is the film's main calling card, and in that "Rise of an Empire" doesn't disappoint. Still, in the battle for best guilty pleasure, I'd give it to the Spartans of "300," by a head.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The animation style mirrors the original, which is simple in an appealing way. It is particularly effective in the action sequences, which make the most of animation's ability to create a playful reality. But the multi-layered historical references designed to be adroitly wry are a trickier gambit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Between Law's performance and Shepard's script, which brims with explicit and expressive dialogue, the movie is remarkable for its ability to exhaust, irritate and also entertain.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The Occasionally Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be a better way to think of the not-always-spectacular but sometimes satisfying Spider-Man sequel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The division between the personal and scientific stories is not a clean one. It gives the film an uneven rhythm as it at times lurches between the two women's very separate lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Belle is greatly buoyed by Mbatha-Raw's performance. She infuses Dido with a confident and intelligent grace that keeps you engaged long after the tangled story has let both the actress and audience down.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Ironically this big, lumbering movie could have used more, not less. More Godzilla without question, and more emotional content for its very good cast too.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    For the most part, the florid flourishes are so lightly played by Owen and Binoche, screenwriter Gerald Di Pego's melodrama can almost be forgiven.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    In trying to create a balanced portrait of the conflicts and the ordinary people affected by them, director Michael Berry, who co-wrote the screenplay with Luis Moulinet III, chips away at the authenticity and intensity that an issue-driven film like this sorely needs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    You can see the years of effort, the polish and precision that went into creating The Boxtrolls... But somehow it still doesn't add up to enough.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    It's when the film detours into Irving's personal attachment to the birds, including photos of her as a child on the beach, that Pelican Dreams gets seriously off track. Fortunately, pelicans are interesting creatures and the time spent with the lens focused on them is payoff enough.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The finale is not an all-out disappointment. It should satisfy the franchise's fans, and it does wrap up any loose ends you might be wondering about.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    This portrait of a woman on the verge — of success, of suppression, of submission, of rebellion — is never fully realized.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    What saves the film is that it is also packed to the gills with the classic slapstick sweetness that makes SpongeBob — in or out of water, on big screen or small — hard not to laugh at and love at least a little. Giggle, giggle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    All the Wilderness seems tailor-made to play to the actor's strengths — Johnson's script is as lean as Smit-McPhee, both proving adept at doing more with less.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The banter between Brian and Arielle is easy and often amusing. But despite all the tangled sheets and entwined bodies during assignations at the St. Regis hotel, the relationship never moves beyond the look of puppy love.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Not "An Affair to Remember," mind you, but a welcome change from the Nicholas Sparks brand of mush that has overtaken the hearts-and-flowers corner of movieland.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings. The underlying themes -- love, loyalty, decency, duty, honor, betrayal -- that screenwriter David Benioff will use to both bind and break this family seem to bedevil him more than inspire him this time out.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Cirque is a harmless bit of fluff with a very cool look, but there's just never enough bite.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The problem with It's Complicated, a romantic comedy about the menopausal crowd starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, is that it's not nearly complicated enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    If anything, the film is a reflection of the Web zeitgeist, where observation comes easily but insight is rare. What saves the documentary from becoming a complete frustration is the sheer, stunning prescience of Harris.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Too many of the characters are either good or bad, and that loss of nuance is missed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The story is poignant and compelling, but ultimately the film doesn't have the heft it needs to fill out the big screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    There's no real depth or texture to the characters of any sort, sentimental or otherwise, and I say that as someone who can be brought to tears by a Hallmark commercial.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The veteran Marshall has proved a quick study, serving up the pastiche with panache so the stars mostly shine, the story snippets mostly amuse and you'll barely notice all the empty spots where a plot used to be.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    An old-style potboiler about desperate cops in dire straits that overcooks both its story and its stars.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Pattinson could have the makings of a brilliant career, something more than the hot streak he's got going as the "it" guy of the moment. The same problems plague the film, which is beautifully shot but its emotional potential unrealized.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Any comic relief it affords comes with such an undertow of repressed emotions and displaced anger that it all starts to feel more depressing than dramatic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Envisioned as a psychosexual thriller about a woman scorned, director Atom Egoyan's latest puzzle is just puzzling, little more than a messy affair with mood lighting, sexy lingerie, heavy breathing and swelling, um, music.

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